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Traffic congestion is a growing problem in downtown San Francisco and SoMa. The Transportation Authority is in the early stages of a study to explore how a fee to drive into downtown/SoMa during busy hours could keep traffic moving while making our transportation system safer and more equitable. This is a strategy called congestion pricing.

This year, the Transportation Authority acquired funding and assembled a team to carry out the study. Throughout 2020, we will partner with community members to shape and assess various scenarios for what a downtown congestion pricing program could look like. We expect to bring a final recommendation to our board for consideration at the end of 2020.

Feel free to reach out to our project team if you have questions:

We look forward to working with you as we shape this study over the next year. 

Ways you can get involved

1. Visit our website to learn about congestion pricing: Our project webpage will feature updates and opportunities to get involved throughout the course of the study. 

2. Take a survey to let us know how congestion affects you: Take this 10-minute survey to share your travel experiences in SF for a chance to win one of 10 Cal Academy memberships or $110 Safeway gift cards.

3. Stay tuned via email: Sign up to receive project updates via email here.

4. Attend a Policy Advisory Committee meeting: We have convened a Policy Advisory Committee that will advise our project team throughout the study. The committee consists of representatives from neighborhood groups, historically underserved communities, advocacy organizations, labor and business organizations, and groups that focus on the environment, equity, and health. 

We expect to hold six Policy Advisory Committee meetings from now until the end of 2020, with the first two happening this year on Thursday, Nov. 21 and Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6:00 p.m. at our offices. The meetings will include both presentations from staff as well as segments where committee members convene in small breakout groups. 

The public will have the opportunity to attend and provide public feedback at these meetings. If you are a member of the public and would like to attend, please RSVP so we can manage room capacity and translation requests. Be advised that we may need to host some members of the public in an overflow room if attendance exceeds our hearing room capacity.

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